May 24, 2022

Republican calls on State Department to make a plan to remove Americans from Ukraine

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) penned a letter to the secretary of state voicing his concern about Americans still in Ukrain as war with Russia appears imminent. 

According to Breitbart News, Budd sent his letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, citing “extreme concern” over fellow Americans and inquiring about a plan to rescue them.

According to Budd, Russia has now gathered more than 100,000 troops on the Ukraine-Russia border as they threaten conflict in the Eastern European region.

“On January 23, 2022, the State Department issued a ‘do not travel’ warning to Americans and urged those Americans in Ukraine to depart immediately,” Budd said in his letter.

“Also on January 23, the State Department ordered the U.S. Embassy staff to evacuate the country.”

“That same day, however, the State Department reportedly told the press that, ‘Given that the President has said military action by Russia could come at any time. The U.S. government will not be in a position to evacuate U.S. citizens. So U.S. citizens, currently present in Ukraine should plan accordingly.'”

Budd said he found it “troubling” that the State Department and the White House don’t have a “solid number” of Americans in Ukraine.

“When President Biden’s remarks about accepting a “minor incursion” from Russia are taken into account, the American people are rightly concerned about the fate of citizens caught in the middle of this volatile situation,” Budd wrote.

The North Carolina representative asked the State Department to answer with an estimate of how many Americans were in the country as well as what the administration’s plan was to evacuate if war broke out.

“When American citizens are abroad, they deserve the full protection of the United States government. Yet, the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, leaving Americans behind, was nothing short of disgraceful,” Budd continued. “I am concerned a similar situation could repeat itself in Ukraine.”

Budd concluded, “A policy of “you’re on your own” is not an acceptable policy for the United States of America.”

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